Bangs for Your Face Shape

CalendarTuesday, February 28th, 2017
UserJeff Chiarelli
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Bangs for Your Face Shape

Adding bangs to your hairstyle can be a fun way to change your look and freshen your style.

Do you have an idea for a blunt fringe or side-swept wisps? Our guide will help you figure out which style works with your face shape.

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If You Have a Round Face: Round faces are identifiable by full, wide cheeks. For these face shapes, straight bangs are a big no-no, as they accentuate your face’s fullness. But bangs can still look great with your face shape. Instead of straight bangs, go for thick, side-swept bangs that are cut at a strong angle. For a celebrity style reference, look at Emma Stone’s side-swept auburn locks. Also check out how Kirsten Dunst’s angled bangs flow into her wavy shoulder-length hair.

If You Have an Oval Face: This face shape is defined by a rounded jawline and a forehead that’s slightly wider than the chin. If you have this face shape, you’re one of the lucky ones who can pull off any style of bangs. Your face shape is the most versatile, so experiment with shorties or a longer fringe to match the style you seek. For a celebrity style referance, check out the looks of Beyoncé and Zooey Deschanel.

If You Have a Square Face: Square faces are identified by an equal width and height, as well as a defined jawline. For these face shapes, don’t go short with your bangs because they’ll pull your face downwards. Instead, go for long, heavy bangs that hit mid-eyebrow to just below the eyebrow. You can style them as a straight fringe, try pushing them to one side or even part them down the middle. In celebrity style, check out how Keira Knightley has worn her bangs both straight across and side swept. Also see how she’s paired the look with long or short haircuts. Also look at how Kate Hudson’s bangs nicely frame her face.

If You Have a Long Face and/or High Forehead: This face shape is similar to the oval-shaped, but the forehead, cheeks and jawline are all the same width. To complement this face shape, don’t get baby bangs because they will further elongate your face. Instead go for longer bangs that softly get longer at the sides. If you’re feeling adventurous, make it choppy! For a celebrity style referance, check out how Rihanna styles her thick locks or how Nicole Kidman’s long bangs work with her face shape.

If You Have a Heart-Shaped Face: If you have a wider forehead and a pointed jaw with a small chin, then your face is heart-shaped. In this case, avoid full-fringe bangs because they will accentuate your wide forehead. Instead, go for layered side bangs to draw attention to your eyes and the middle of your face. Make sure the cut angle goes from the eyebrow to the top of the cheekbones. Your celebrity style reference is Reese Witherspoon, who uses her bangs to balance out her heart-shaped face. Also check out how Kerry Washington uses blunt, heavy bangs that hit below the eyebrows to give the illusion of an oval-shaped face.

Now that you’ve figured out the right style, remember these three things:

First, your bangs will require maintenance to keep them looking sharp. Trim them every two to three weeks to maintain the right length. Taylor Swift posted about her overgrown bangs by saying, “My bangs are long enough to use as a sleep mask on long flights. So really, I just need a haircut.”

Second, you’ll need to wash them often. Your bangs will be against your skin, so regular hair washing will prevent oil buildup both in your hair and on the skin of your forehead. If you’re pinched for time, try spot washing your bangs in the sink.

Third, you’ll need to style your bangs every morning. There’s no get-up-and-go with this cut. To have them look good, you’ll need to give them some attention. And remember that your bangs will dry quicker than the rest of your hair, so blow-dry with a round brush immediately after you shower.


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Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.